Whether you are searching for Maine Coon breeders in the US, the UK, or elsewhere in the world, we explain how to find the best.
If you’re interested in purchasing a purebred Maine Coon kitten, it is important to find a Maine Coon cat breeder you can trust. Unfortunately, there are many scammers offering Maine Coon kittens that are not what they seem and we’ll explain how to avoid these and the heartache they cause many unsuspecting purchasers.
To make it as easy as possible for you to find your dream kitten, we’ve compiled a list of registered Maine Coon breeders in various countries to help you find a trusted breeder near you.
Visit a breeder’s website and Facebook page, scrutinize their reviews, and find out as much as possible about them before you commit to purchasing one of their kittens.
Search through our list below, follow our easy guide to buying a purebred Maine Coon kitten, and learn how not to get scammed. We’ve bought 7 Maine Coons ourselves and hope to help as many people as possible have a happy experience finding their dream Maine Coon.
Registered Maine Coon breeders near me
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Official Maine Coon Cat Registries
Our list above is for guidance only. Registered Maine Coon breeders are constantly changing. The following links will take you to cat registries where you can confirm if a Maine Coon cattery you are interested in is still officially registered. You may even find new entries for catteries near where you live.
- The International Cat Association (TICA)
- The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)
- The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF)
- Federation International Feline (FIFe)
- Catz New Zealand
- Australian National Cats (ANCATS)
Guide to successfully buying a Maine Coon Kitten
Choose the right breeder
We cannot stress enough how important it is to choose a breeder carefully. Take your time and be patient. The chances are you are going to part with a lot of cash and you want to be sure you are getting what you pay for.
Go by recommendation only and makes sure the breeder is registered
Review breeders’ websites and/or Facebook pages
Many breeders understand the importance of an online presence and contribute regularly. Look for endorsements, reviews, photos and comments from happy customers. These are plentiful if a breeder is well-liked.
Important checks to make before buying a Maine Coon
- Ensure all parents and kittens are registered, even if all you want is a pet.
- Prices of Maine Coon kittens vary so check the average where you live. Don’t assume that paying more indicates a better quality kitten.
- Meet the mother cat. If the father does not belong to the breeder ask to see his photos and credentials.
- Check when the mother had her previous litter. Ideally, this should have been at least 10 months before her current litter was born, though this can be a little less.
- Beware of buying from random advert sites as they are rife with unregistered breeders and scammers.
- Ensure the kittens are vaccinated at 8 to 9 weeks and again at 11 to 12 weeks. Don’t take a kitten until 7 days after its second vaccination.
- Breeders should offer at least 4 weeks free kitten insurance.
- Ensure the parents are free from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), Polycystic kidney disease (PKD), Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKDef), Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), Feline leukemia virus (FeLV), and ask to see test results.
- Check the mother and the kittens are free from runny eyes and noses.
- Do not accept a kitten younger than 12 weeks, 13 to 14 weeks is the ideal age.
- If something doesn’t seem right, walk away,
A breeder you can trust will happily answer all of your queries and will expect you to ask lots of questions. Though a good breeder does everything they can to produce healthy kittens, no breeder can guarantee all aspects of a kitten’s health.
Questions to avoid in your initial contact with a Maine Coon breeder
Initially, certain questions are frowned upon although it is fine to broach them once you’ve established a rapport.
In your first contact don’t ask:
- How much are your kittens?
- Can I pay more to be bumped up your waiting list?
- How big will your kittens get?
How to sell yourself to a Maine Coon breeder
Just as you should want to know all about the breeder and their cats and kittens, a good Maine Coon breeder will want to know lots about you before entrusting you with one of their kittens.
The important thing is to let your cat-loving personality shine through and to answer all questions honestly.
Be prepared to answer questions such as these:
- Where do you live.
- Have you owned Maine Coons before.
- Do you have young children.
- Do you have dogs or other cats.
- If you intend to let your Maine Coon outside, do you have a catio or secure garden.
- Will your Maine Coon be left alone regularly for long periods.
How to avoid being scammed when buying a Maine Coon
Scammers are lurking everywhere and people desperate to own a Maine Coon are easy prey, especially in regions where demand outweighs supply.
We’ve created this guide to help you avoid heartache.
- Avoid breeders with no online presence, especially if they only communicate via text message.
- Do not use an unregistered breeder even if they say they are new to the business and awaiting registration to complete.
- Never buy an unregistered kitten. The breeder must do this not you.
- Avoid breeders who are vague and don’t answer questions or give incomplete answers.
- Don’t pay a deposit until you have visited your intended kitten.
- Beware the switch-it tactic. Ensure photos you’ve seen online match the mother and kittens you see when you visit.
- If a breeder is irritated by your questions, don’t use them.
- If a kitten is overpriced, don’t buy it.
- If a breeder can’t provide regular updates including photos, be suspicious.
- A really cheap kitten should ring alarm bells.
- Try to avoid buying a kitten from overseas where you can’t visit it first.
Recommended Maine Coon Facebook Groups
We’ve been members of the following groups for many years. Anyone can request to join these and they are the perfect place to get a feel for breeders and find answers to many questions.
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